If you want to enjoy the lush and peaceful countryside outside Essaouira, try Jardins de Douars. Flanked by argan trees, this beautiful property just 10 minutes drive from Essaouira offers two pools, two restaurants, a hammam and walled botanical gardens. Rustic and spacious, the hotel manages to keep both families with children and young couples happy. The decor is a mix of North African exuberance and shabby chic: mosaic tiles, hand- battered metalwork and deep Berber rugs. The rooms are split between the main building and the grounds, with various family options available. The adults-only infinity pool is heated and surrounded by wrought-iron deck- chairs. Around the house’s opposite side, the family-friendly pool includes a shaded area. With its laid-back vibe you’ll never lack anything. Nanny, Gregoire and the staff quickly feel like friends, but you never feel crowded. The two restaurants are great for those that have had enough of tagines and coucous, the day menu being Moroccan- inspired while the Mediterranean and French dishes fill the other menu. There’s also a hammam and spa, a pétanque pitch, a lounge, a library and cocktails each night on the terrace. Alcohol is available on site. Best visited all year round.